- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Westerly man has been given probation for operating a drug lab that caused an apartment building fire in 2015.

U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell imposed the three-year sentence on 41-year-old Scott Slagel Friday. Prosecutors had sought a 27-month prison sentence.

Slagel pleaded guilty last May to endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance.

He admitted to operating a butane hash oil lab from his apartment, which caused a fire in the early morning hours of November 27, 2015.

Investigators found marijuana plants, cans of butane, glass tubes, and a vacuum oven in his unit. Slagel said he used the equipment to make butane hash oil through a potentially explosive manufacturing process.

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